Idiopathic Stabbing Headaches Lasting a Few Seconds


Dr. Fernando Dangond, Neurology Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115.



Four cases of idiopathic stabbing headache subjectively perceived as lasting several seconds are reported. The classification of the International Headache Society suggests that these headaches typically last “a fraction of a second”. The perception of such brief pains may be difficult to quantitate and, therefore, the duration of the headache should not be used as a strict diagnostic criteria.